HOW SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND VIOLENCE DESTROY FAMILIES
By Shirley Rhodes
Are you or someone you know caught up in the cesspool of substance abuse and violence, be it physical, mental, or social? The point of interest here is abuse and its’ effects physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. Though substance abuse is not defined by a certain group of people, in some way many lives are destroyed due to lack of knowledge, relationships and awareness. Determining the path that takes one on a journey, they may or may not be able to find their way back is a long and enduring process, just getting the individual to admit they have a problem and eventually deciding to seek help.
Not everyone have access to what they need for recovery and often feel that where they find themselves is their destiny. So, we as a society, family, friend must ask ourselves, how did this happen, what caused our loved one to choose this course in life? It all starts somewhere; there is a reason, a beginning. When we take time and evaluate the situation, the answer may actually be surprising. Now let us begin by taking a hard look at three key points of interest.
- 1. The beginning: Growth process of children
- 2. Breaking down of the physical body
- 3. Social influence (social status)
We as a community of believers must take an interest in all aspects of the lives of our families if we are to survive as a community. Yes, that process begins with each one of us, and it begins as a growth process with our children. The starting point for each of us is entering into the presence of Jesus and we can do this by saying, “God, you’re my refuge, I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you—under them you’re perfectly safe, his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night and flying arrows in the day. Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will ever graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, and watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God is your refuge, the High God your very own home. Evil can’t get close to you; harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
“If you will hold on to me for dear life,” says God; I’ll get you out of trouble, I’ll give you the best of care if you only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you, I’ll give you long life, give you a long drink of salvation!” Psalm 91:1-16 (Mgs)
Children of God, the time has come for all of us to wake up and look around, be observant, there is trouble in the land, be attuned to each other. Know that God has a plan for your life and He is working all things out. We must come together as a family, as a community of believers and take responsibility for what is happening with our children, and begin to demonstrate to them that there is a better way of life other than substance abuse and violence which is rampant in our communities; it all begins with each of us as believers. We must grow in God’s grace as we demonstrate to others, how they must adapt to the right way of living in this world and that is God’s way. Our next lesson will continue to build on this one by stressing the GROWTH PROCESS of overcoming SUBSTANCE ABUSE, and VIOLENCE in our lives and the lives of our families.
- TeenageSubstanceAbuse.org Website Launches To Help Kids And Parents Be More Aware Of Teenage Substance Abuse (prweb.com)
- Substance Abuse in the Workplace (safetygator.wordpress.com)
- Counselling for substance abusers (assamtribune.com)
- Comorbidity of Personality Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders (try-therapy.com)
- Raise kids well to avoid substance abuse issues (thegazette.com)
- Ky. initiative helps soldiers with substance abuse (whas11.com)